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Grass seed for planting or repairing grass areas of your lawn that need new grass. Learn how to plant and grow grass seed, including when to plant grass seed. What you need to know about buying grass seed for lawns in Maryland. Choose types adapted to your local climate and soil conditions. The newest varieties have greater resistance to drought and disease and need less maintenance

Grass Seed for Turf & Lawns

Grass seed is often the choice of homeowners and other property owners who are looking to grow thick, lush grass without the cost of pre-grown sod. Here you will find top-of-the-line grass seed products to get you started on growing your new lawn. We carry grass seed for both warm season grasses and cool season grasses.

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A warm-season grass seed that thrives in the sun and shade, and requires 50% less mowing than other varieties of grass seed.

A cool-season grass seed of high-quality blend of Tall Fescue which provides improved disease resistance and outstanding performance in the transition zone.

A superior quality blend of Kentucky bluegrass with HGT ideal for turfgrass renovation, new seedings, and as an overseed of Bermuda grass.

A uniquely formulated mulch that features Penkote technology for optimum plant growth of plants that gets lesser sunlight.

A warm-season grass seed that is low growing and fine textured Bermuda turf for commercial and residential uses.

A cool-season grass seed for an immediate establishment of a temporary lawn and over-seeding warm-season grasses.

A high-quality bermudagrass that is enhanced to provide great quality of turfgrass and break dormancy fast.

A cool-season grass seed that is fast-growing and economical turf-grass for winter over-seeding to erosion control and pastures.

A premium, environmentally beneficial grass seed mixture that establishes a healthy, thick turf with fine-bladed texture.

A high traffic grass seed that rejuvenates thin and bare spots on lawns that is caused by children or pet traffic.

A grass seed mix for sun and shade is a mix created to repair bare spots, for reseeding or establishing a new lawn.

An all-in-one seeding mix formulated to repair bare, thin, and brown spots in tall fescue and also protect seeds from washing away.

An innovative seed mix made with excellent disease resistance and very good drought tolerance that guarantees growth.

A high-quality mixture of RPR varieties and premium perennial ryegrasses that is excellent for traffic tolerance and recovery.

A leafy annual grass that grows from 2 to 3 ft. tall producing heavy yields of seeds. Excellent plant for quail and doves on upland soils and ducks on flooded areas.

Warm-season grass seed that is great for laying down new turf, repairing bare spots, and overseeding.

Warm-season grass seed that is sure to grow healthy, thick, and self-repairing grass for new and established lawns.

A cool-season tall fescue grass seed that is a low maintenance grass, with heat tolerance and a coarse texture.

A cool-season grass seed that is a perennial rye blend ideal for turf coverage and over-seeding warm-season grasses.

A grass seed mix for dense shade ideal for seeding around or under dense trees that will grow with as little as 4 hours of sunlight per day.

A warm-season sun & shade grass seed mixture that provides the most versatile lawn in sunny to moderately shady lawn areas.

A premium grass seed blend that helps you grow thick and healthy grass while saving you up to 30% more water.

A grass seed of Kentucky Bluegrass mix is considered the most cold-tolerant grass seed mix of Scotts.

A cool-season grass seed that has quick establishment, perfect to use for a temporary lawn in full sun to lightly shaded areas.

Turf-type tall fescue and bluegrass blend that produces moderately low-growing and fine-textured turf.

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A durable and economical tall fescue blend that produces coarse-textured grass with a light green shade.

A cool-season perennial rye grass seed that is uniform and stable high quality rye-grass and ideal for over-seeding commercial and residential turf.

A grass seed that is heat-tolerant Blue Mix for Tall Fescue that protects lawns against heat and drought while growing quicker, greener and thicker grass.

A grass seed mix for dense shade that grows greener and thicker grass under or around densely shaded trees.

A grass seed mix for sun and shade that protects the lawn and grows quicker, greener and thicker grass even under extreme conditions of dense shade and scorching heat.

A coastal winter mixture of Durana White Clover seed that is used for quick erosion control and with very low maintenance.

A cool-season grass seed that is a fast-growing and economical turf-grass for over-seeding lawns and pasture seeding.

A warm-season grass seed that produces hay production or grazing with a fine leaf texture and superior cold tolerance.

A grass seed and fertilizer is guaranteed to grow anywhere-dry, sunny areas, dense shade areas, play areas, and even poor soil areas.

A professional grass seed that is ideal for tropical, sub-tropical, and transition zones. Produces grass with great texture and color.

The ideal grass seed mix that offers fast establishment, exceptional tolerance, and strong coverage with two times the results.

A sun and shade grass seed and neutralizing ingredient which helps repair dog spots so grass can be grown anywhere.

Self-spreading, heat and drought resistant grass seed mix for Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue varieties. Comes in a 3 lb mix bag.

A blend of three turf type fescue seeds that produces beautiful and dense turf with reduced vertical growth.

An all-in-one grass seed, fertilizer, and mulch formulated to repair bare, thin, and brown spots in Bermudagrass.

A Sun and shade grass seed mix to repair or over seed patches in the lawn and will grow grass anywhere.

A grass seed of Tall Fescue is an all-in-one mix that contains everything needed to repair bare spots on lawns.

Determining the Right Grass to Grow
There are many types of grass seed available on the market today, but it can be dizzying to sift through all the different types and variants. There are things you must consider when choosing grass seeds, and it begins with deciding on what type of lawn you want:

  • Maintenance: You can pick grass seed based on how often you want to mow, how often you want to fertilize, and how often you want to water your lawn.
  • Conditions: Where you live also determines what type of grass will do best. Soil conditions, environmental stressors, climate, shade, and sun all play into the ideal choice.
  • Aesthetics: Different types of grass seed have different characteristics. Fine or broad textures, varying colors, density can all be chosen through varieties.

Take Kentucky Bluegrass seed, for example; this type of grass will be fine textured and high quality, long lasting and able to recover quickly from injury and able to fill in thin spots. It is has a medium to high maintenance level and requires routine fertilizer and moist, well drained soil. It is slow in germination and establishment, but the end results are aesthetically pleasing and lush. Tall fescue, on the other hand, is considered a low-maintenance grass with a coarse texture. It’s generally hardier, able to tolerate low fertility soils, droughts, diseases, and insects. However, this type of grass doesn’t look as “pretty.”

Choosing the Right Grass Seed
A big factor for choosing the best grass seed is to determine which grass seed flourishes best in your area, or zone. You can contact your local extension office to figure out what types are commonly used in your area. Grass seed is sold in mixtures of different varieties that work well together to make a nice looking lawn.

  • Sometimes you’ll see bargain or economy mixes that are just listed with generic names, like fescue, ryegrass, etc. You don’t know what you’re buying, so you may end up with very low quality grass that doesn’t last more than a few years.
  • Always choose mixes that list the specific cultivars of the variety of seed to avoid poor quality seed. It may say something like the name and a number (fine fescue 3, improved bluegrass 1.)
  • Look for high germination and low weed seed percentages.
  • The most expensive mix doesn’t mean it is the best, so always read the label to compare before you purchase your grass seed.
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Grass Seed

Turf-type tall fescue is the recommended grass species for Maryland. It does well in all parts of the state.

Purchasing grass seed

  • Buy high-quality seed. Poor quality seed is low in viability and contains weed seeds or undesirable grass species.
  • Select a turfgrass species that is suited for the site conditions. Then refer to the University of Maryland Technical Update, TT 77 Turfgrass Cultivar Recommendations for Certified Sod and Professional Seed Mixtures in Maryland (PDF), for recommended cultivars.
  • All grass seed for sale has a tag or label on the package listing basic information that indicates the seed quality. Read the information before purchasing the seed to help achieve satisfactory results.
  • Grass seed labeled as ‘Maryland Certified Seed’ (tested for germination and purity by the Maryland Department of Agriculture) is available in select locations such as garden centers, turf supply stores, specialty seed suppliers, or farm supply stores and typically contains UMD recommended cultivars. If MD Certified Seed cannot be located, look carefully on seed tags for the type of grass, variety, percentage of weed seeds, and percentage of noxious weeds. Refer to Sample Grass Seed Label below.
  • For the majority of sites, tall fescue is the recommended type of grass. Refer to Seed Mixtures and Blends below.

Sample Grass Seed Label

  • Seed blend or mixture name created by seed supplier.
  • Lot number used to track seed information back to the original site of production.
  • The official date on which the germination test was conducted. To ensure a high germination rate use seed within one year of purchase. As seed ages, the percentage of viable seed decreases, resulting in poor establishment.
  • Purity is the percentage by weight of each type of grass and cultivar or variety contained in the blend or mixture.
  • Variety or type of grass and cultivar. Refer to the University of Maryland Technical Update (PDF) TT 77 Turfgrass Cultivar Recommendations for Certified Sod and Professional Seed Mixtures in Maryland for the list of recommended cultivars.
  • Germination rate is the percentage of pure seed that is viable and will grow.
  • The origin where the seed was produced. Oregon’s ideal weather conditions for seed production of cool-season grasses makes it a large producer of quality grass seed.
  • Name and address of seller or supplier

Other crop seeds

  • Inert matter including chaff, soil, and debris. This value should be as low as possible. Inert matter is contained in the bag but doesn’t actually grow.
  • Percentage by weight of other agriculture crop seeds or undesirable grass seed. This number should be between zero and 0.5%. Avoid purchasing seed that contains Lolium multiforum (annual ryegrass), also called Italian ryegrass. This annual grass is found in inexpensive grass seed, only lives for one year, and makes it difficult for the desired grass species to become established.
  • Percentage by weight of weed seed. This number should be close to 0.00%.
  • Avoid purchasing seed that lists a percentage of noxious weeds.

Seed mixtures and blends

  • Seed is commonly sold in mixtures or blends.
  • A mixture is a combination of two or more grass species, e.g. tall fescue (should be the highest percentage), perennial ryegrass (no more than 5%-10% of the mixture), and Kentucky bluegrass (5%-10%).
  • A blend is three or more cultivars of the same species.
  • Mixtures and blends are popular because they increase the genetic diversity of your lawn. Certain grass species and cultivars are more susceptible to disease and insect problems, so using mixtures and blends increases your lawn’s ability to resist diseases and overcome insect infestations.
  • Mixtures are a good option if growing conditions vary throughout your yard. For additional information on seed, mixture recommendations refer to (PDF) TT 77 Turfgrass Cultivar Recommendations for Certified Sod and Professional Seed Mixtures in Maryland
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High traffic areas

A mixture of turf-type tall fescue (90%- 95%) and Kentucky bluegrass (5%-10%) is an excellent lawn turf. The spreading root system of the Kentucky bluegrass will help the turf recover if injured from excessive traffic, drought, or pest damage.

Full sun areas

A blend of turf-type tall fescue or a single recommended cultivar.

Full sun to moderate shade areas

Turf-type tall fescue is recommended. A single cultivar or a blend.

Growing grass in shady areas

Fine fescues are the most shade tolerant of all the cool-season grasses, with hard fescue being the best choice for Maryland. Warm-season grasses, like zoysia, need full sun and are not suitable for shady areas.

How much grass seed to plant?

Grass-type Lawn establishment grass seed rate Overseeding grass seed rate
Turf-type tall fescue 6-8 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. 4 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.
Kentucky bluegrass 2-3 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. 1.5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.
Fine fescue 4-5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. 2.5 lbs. per l,000 sq ft.

By Debra Ricigliano, Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist, University of Maryland Extension Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC), 2019. Reviewed and edited by Jon Traunfeld, HGIC Director, and Christa Carignan, HGIC Coordinator, Digital Horticulture Education.
Based on HGIC publication HG 102 Lawn Establishment, Renovation, and Overseeding.

Which Grass is Best for Your Area?

Traits: A cool-season perennial from Europe. Deep roots help it survive foot traffic and drought.

When to plant: September

Newest varieties: ‘Rebel IV’ and ‘Tarheel II’ tolerate some fungi.

Alternatives: Perennial

ryegrass, fine-leaf fescue,

Zoysia, Kentucky bluegrass

Zone 2: Zoysia grass (Zoysia spp.)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: This Asian import can tolerate shade, insects, disease, and dryness but goes brown at the first hint of cold weather. Grows slowly; patch damaged areas with sod.

When to plant: April

Newest varieties: ‘Meyer,’ ‘Zenith,’ and ‘Compadre’ are winter-hardy.

Alternatives: Bermuda grass,

Zone 3: St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: This plug- or sod-grown species does best in sandy soil and bright sun. Sensitive to foot traffic and chewing insects.

When to plant: April

Newest varieties: ‘Raleigh,’ ‘Delmar,’ and ‘Mercedes’ are shade-tolerant and winter-hardy.

Alternatives: Centipede grass, Bahia grass, Seashore paspalum

Zone 4: Bermuda grass (Cynodon spp.)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: Originally from Africa, it thrives in full sun, spreads aggressively, and needs lots of fertilizer. Mow 1 to 2 inches high.

When to plant: April

Newest varieties: ‘Riviera,’ ‘Yukon,’ and ‘Patriot’ handle cooler temperatures.

Alternatives: Tall fescue, Buffalo grass, Zoysia

Zone 5: Buffalo Grass (Buchloe dactyloides)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: This American native needs little water and almost no fertilizer. Too much of either encourages weeds.

When to plant: April and May

Newest varieties: ‘Bowie,’ ‘Density,’ and ‘Texoka’ have the best turf.

Alternatives: Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue

Zone 6: Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)

Photo by Roger Foley

Traits: Recovers well from drought, cold, and foot traffic. Popular for sod; seeds take up to 30 days to sprout. In hot weather, water twice as much as fescue.

When to plant: September

Newest varieties: ‘NuDestiny’ resists some fungi; ‘Midnight’ and ‘Blue Velvet’ are best for shade.